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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 4, 2007 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Buggin' Justice

No flavour left in that Wilford gum, boys. Find something new to chew.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 4, 2007 2:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Buggin' Justice

If I want to chew on tasteless gum, I'm gonna chew. Don't want my gum? Chew on something else.

Seriously, you're probably right, but every now and then he's gonna pop up. Onward and upward my friend.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 4, 2007 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Buggin' Justice

Here's the honest to Gods truth about my views on Wilford...take it for what it's worth. This pre and post 77 thing is not an anomally that appeared out of errant thought. There is a reason that cliches become cliches, and that is there is an essential truth to them.

The essential element of truth for me is that Garcia became a junkie sometime between the fall of 77 and the spring of 79. When you hold someone in as high esteem as I have Garcia for all of my adult life, it takes a while for that fact to become relevant to my frame of reference. Now in my second half century, I've come to fully recognize the price you pay for youthful indescretions.

When I think about Garcia for fully the last half of his career, I feel both pity and shame for the waste of time that heroin is. To hear his voice become so wretched was almost tolerable, but in combination with his lethargic stage presence, flubbed lyrics and eventually his fading chops...almost too much to bear. (Sure, there were moments of brilliance...compare any one of them to 71, 72, 74, or 77 and look any 40 year veteran in the eye and say 1985 was better.)

This isn't a snapshot of Garcia alone, it also dates many of my contemporaries which became old before their time, or worse, gone before their time. It's also not a criticism of those that found their way onto the bus in the later years. Without benefit of a living history benchmarked, the band could still hold their sway on you, right up until the end.

So...I find it easier and more light spirited to think of a Wilford character than dwell on what was really happening at the time. Making fun of the real Jerry is not something I can find myself comfortable with. Having fun with Jerry is another thing entirely.